List of giant-monster films

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This is a list of giant monster films according to their release date. Films involving giant monsters began with the 1925 film The Lost World, as developments in cinema and animation enabled the creation of realistic giant creatures. This was followed by the 1933 classic King Kong. These early films had themes of adventure and exploration of unknown regions, and incorporated fights with giant monsters as a climactic element.

The development of atomic weaponry in the 1940s gave rise to its involvement in popular themes. The American 1953 film The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, featured a giant dinosaur that awakened due nuclear tests that took place in the Arctic[1][2] and 1954's Them!, which involved giant irradiated ants. Another film: Tarantula had a spider rather than insect.[1] Japanese cinema began its foray into giant monster films with the 1933 film Wasei Kingu Kongu (an adaptation of the American film King Kong). Later in 1954 the film Godzilla was released. It following the ongoing tendence of a giant reptile created by nuclear radiation.[1] Japan continued with a giant moth in Mothra, a turtle in Gamera, and to these followed many more. Other countries have their own giant monster movies such as the United Kingdom with Gorgo in 1961.

Dinosaur-themed films experienced a revival in the 1960s with a 1960 remake of The Lost World, 1966's One Million Years B.C., and 1969's The Valley of Gwangi.[3] Movies featuring Godzilla and Gamera were made into the 1970s, and 1976 saw a high-profile remake of King Kong. Awareness of toxic waste in the 1970s may have inspired 1979's Prophecy, which featured a giant mutant bear in the woods in Maine.[1]

Godzilla was remade in 1998, and King Kong in 2005. 2008 saw the release of the successful Cloverfield, which some critics have claimed inspiration from the September 11 attacks.[4][5][6]

The List[edit]

Name Release Date Media
The Lost World 1925 DVD
King Kong 1933 Blu-Ray/DVD
Japanese King Kong 1933
Son of Kong 1933 DVD
King Kong Appears in Edo 1938
Mighty Joe Young 1949 DVD
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms 1953 DVD
Mesa of Lost Women 1953 DVD
Godzilla 1954 Blu-Ray/DVD
Monster from the Ocean Floor 1954 DVD
Them! 1954 DVD
Godzilla Raids Again 1955 DVD
Half Human 1955
It Came from Beneath the Sea 1955 Blu-Ray/DVD
Tarantula 1955 DVD
Godzilla, King Of The Monsters 1956 Blu-Ray/DVD
Rodan 1956 DVD
Attack of the Crab Monsters 1957 DVD
Beginning of the End 1957 DVD
The Cyclops 1957 DVD
The Giant Claw 1957 DVD
The Deadly Mantis 1957 DVD
The Black Scorpion 1957 DVD
20 Million Miles to Earth 1957 Blu-Ray/DVD
The Amazing Colossal Man 1957
Kronos 1957 DVD
The Monolith Monsters 1957 DVD
Monster from Green Hell 1957 DVD
The Monster That Challenged the World 1957 DVD
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman 1958 DVD
The Blob 1958 Blu-Ray/DVD
Earth vs. the Spider 1958 DVD
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad 1958 Blu-Ray/DVD
The Strange World of Planet X 1958 VHS
Varan the Unbelievable 1958 DVD
War of the Colossal Beast 1958 DVD
Attack of the Giant Leeches 1959 DVD
Behemoth, the Sea Monster 1959 DVD
The Giant Gila Monster 1959 DVD
The Killer Shrews 1959 DVD
Dinosaurus! 1960 DVD
The Lost World 1960 DVD
Konga 1961 DVD
Gorgo 1961 Blu-Ray/DVD
Mothra 1961 DVD
Reptilicus 1961 DVD
The Mysterious Island 1961 Blu-Ray/DVD
Gorath 1962
King Kong vs Godzilla 1962 Blu-Ray/DVD
Atragon 1963 DVD
Jason and the Argonauts 1963 Blu-Ray/DVD
Mothra vs. Godzilla 1964 DVD
Dogora, the Space Monster 1964
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster 1964 DVD
Frankenstein Conquers the World 1965 DVD
Gamera 1965 Blu-Ray/DVD
Invasion of Astro-Monster 1965

Return of Daimajin

Wrath of Daimajin

1966 Blu-Ray/DVD
Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster 1966 Blu-Ray/DVD
Gamera vs. Barugon 1966 Blu-Ray/DVD
The Magic Serpent 1966
War of the Gargantuas 1966 DVD
One Million Years B.C. 1966 DVD
King Kong Escapes 1967 Blu-Ray/DVD
Gamera vs. Gyaos 1967 Blu-Ray/DVD
Son of Godzilla 1967 DVD
Daikyojū Gappa 1967
Yongary, Monster from the Deep 1967 DVD
The X from Outer Space 1967 DVD
Gamera vs. Viras 1968 Blu-Ray/DVD
Destroy All Monsters 1968 Blu-Ray/DVD
Kong Island 1968
Gamera vs. Guiron 1969 Blu-Ray/DVD
All Monsters Attack 1969 Blu-Ray/DVD
Latitude Zero 1969 DVD
Bambi Meets Godzilla 1969
The Valley of Gwangi 1969 DVD
Gamera vs. Jiger 1970 Blu-Ray/DVD
Space Amoeba 1970 DVD
Gamera vs. Zigra 1971 Blu-Ray/DVD
Godzilla vs. Hedorah 1971 Blu-Ray/DVD
Frogs 1972 DVD
Godzilla vs. Gigan 1972 Blu-Ray/DVD
Night of the Lepus 1972 DVD
Daigoro vs. Goliath 1972
Godzilla vs. Megalon 1973 DVD
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad 1973 Blu-Ray/DVD
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 1974 DVD
The Giant Spider Invasion 1975 DVD
Jaws (film) 1975 DVD
Terror of Mechagodzilla 1975 DVD
King Kong 1976 DVD
A*P*E 1976 DVD
Queen Kong 1976 DVD
The Food of the Gods 1976 DVD
The Mighty Peking Man 1977 DVD
Empire of the Ants 1977 DVD
Jaws 2 1978 DVD
Prophecy 1979 DVD
Gamera: Super Monster 1980 Blu-Ray/DVD
Alligator 1980 DVD
Crocodile (film) 1980
Clash of the Titans 1981 Blu-Ray/DVD
Q - The Winged Serpent 1982 Blu-Ray/DVD
Jaws 3-D 1983 DVD
The Return of Godzilla 1984 VHS
Monster Shark 1984
Pulgasari 1985 DVD
Yamata no Orochi no Gyakushu 1985
King Kong Lives 1986 DVD
Jaws: The Revenge 1987
The Blob 1988 Blu-Ray/DVD
The Lair of the White Worm 1988 DVD
Godzilla vs. Biollante 1989 Blu-Ray/DVD
Deepstar Six 1989 DVD
Tremors 1990 Blu-Ray/DVD
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah 1991 DVD
Alligator 2: The Mutation 1991
Godzilla vs. Mothra 1992 DVD
Jurassic Park 1993 Blu-Ray/DVD
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II 1993 DVD
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla 1994 DVD
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah 1995 DVD
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe 1995 Blu-Ray/DVD
Jaws 5: Cruel Jaws 1995
Gorilla 1995 DVD
Gamera 2: Attack of Legion 1996 Blu-Ray/DVD
Rebirth of Mothra 1996 DVD
Tremors 2: Aftershocks 1996 Blu-Ray/DVD
Anaconda 1997 DVD
The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 Blu-Ray/DVD
The Relic (film) 1997 DVD
Rebirth of Mothra II 1997 DVD
Starship Troopers 1997 Blu-Ray/DVD
Mimic 1997 Blu-Ray/DVD
Deep Rising 1998 DVD
Godzilla 1998 Blu-Ray/DVD
Mighty Joe Young 1998 DVD
The Mighty Kong 1998 VHS
Rebirth of Mothra III 1998 DVD
Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris 1999 Blu-Ray/DVD
The Iron Giant 1999 DVD
Lake Placid 1999 Blu-Ray/DVD
King Cobra 1999
Godzilla 2000: Millennium 1999 DVD
Komodo 1999 DVD
Reptilian 1999 DVD
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus 2000 DVD
The Attack of the Giant Moussaka 2000 DVD
Crocodile (2000 film) 2000
Python (film) 2000
Spiders 2000 DVD
Jurassic Park III 2001 Blu-Ray/DVD
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack 2001 DVD
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection 2001 Blu-Ray/DVD
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla 2002 DVD
Crocodile 2: Death Swamp 2002
Python 2 2002
Eight Legged Freaks 2002 DVD
Deep Shock 2003
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. 2003 DVD
Dinocroc 2004
Ultraman the Next 2004 DVD(Import)
Godzilla: Final Wars 2004 DVD
Raptor Island 2004 DVD
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins 2004 Blu-Ray/DVD
Garuda 2004
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid 2004
Boa vs. Python 2004 DVD
Deep Sea Beast Reigo 2005
King Kong 2005 Blu-Ray/DVD
Komodo vs. Cobra 2005 DVD
Negadon: The Monster from Mars 2005 DVD
Pterodactyl (film) 2005
The Host (Gwoemul) 2006 Blu-Ray/DVD
Gamera the Brave 2006 Blu-Ray/DVD
Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep 2006 DVD
Mammoth 2006
S.S. Doomtrooper 2006
D-War 2007 Blu-Ray/DVD
Mega Snake 2007 DVD
Rogue (film) 2007
Lake Placid 2 2007 DVD
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep 2007 Blu-Ray/DVD
Big Man Japan 2007 DVD
Croc 2007
Eye of the Beast (film) 2007
Gryphon (film) 2007
Ice Spiders 2007
The Mist (film) 2007 Blu-Ray/DVD
Supergator 2007 DVD
Black Swarm 2008
Cloverfield 2008 Blu-Ray/DVD
Journey to the Center of the Earth 2008 Blu-Ray/DVD
Anaconda 3: Offspring 2008 DVD
The Monster X Strikes Back/Attack the G8 Summit 2008 DVD
Beyond Loch Ness 2008
Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus 2009 Blu-Ray/DVD
Anacondas: Trail of Blood 2009 DVD
Sea Beast 2009
Clash of the Titans 2010 Blu-Ray/DVD
Death Kappa[7] 2010 Blu-Ray/DVD
Dinoshark 2010
Lake Placid 3 2010 DVD
Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus 2010 Blu-Ray/DVD
Mongolian Death Worm 2010 DVD
Behemoth 2010 DVD
Mega Piranha 2010 DVD
Alligator X 2010
Monsters 2010 Blu-Ray/DVD
The Troll Hunter 2010 Blu-Ray/DVD
Sharktopus 2010 Blu-Ray/DVD
Dinocroc vs. Supergator 2011 Blu-Ray/DVD
Ferocious Planet 2011
Iron Invader 2011
Morlocks (film) 2011
Killer Mountain 2011
Roadkill 2011 DVD
Super 8 2011 Blu-Ray/DVD
Swamp Shark 2011 DVD
Sand Sharks 2011
Super Shark 2011
Mega Python vs. Gatoroid 2011 Blu-Ray/DVD
Bigfoot (film) 2012
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 2012 Blu-Ray/DVD
Lake Placid: The Final Chapter 2012 DVD
2-Headed Shark Attack 2012 Blu-Ray/DVD
Million Dollar Crocodile 2012
John Carter 2012 Blu-Ray/DVD
Piranhaconda 2012 DVD
Snow Shark 2012
Jack the Giant Slayer 2013 Blu-Ray/DVD
Robocroc 2013
Big Ass Spider! 2013
Pacific Rim 2013 Blu-Ray/DVD
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Godzilla 2014


  1. ^ a b c d Newitz, Annalee (Apr 28, 2008). "Do Giant Disasters Provide Inspiration for Giant Monster Movies?". io9. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  2. ^ Stephen Jones (1995). The Illustrated Dinosaur Movie Guide. Titan Books. p. 42. 
  3. ^ Searles, Baird (1988). "Dinosaurs and Others". Films of Science Fiction and Fantasy. New York: AFI Press. pp. 104–115. ISBN 0-8109-0922-7. 
  4. ^ Roger Ebert (January 17, 2008). "Review: Cloverfield". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  5. ^ Stephanie Zacharek (January 17, 2008). "Cloverfield: Do we really need the horror of 9/11 to be repackaged and presented to us as an amusement-park ride?". Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  6. ^ Newitz, Annalee (Jan 18, 2008). "Nevermind the Monster — Cloverfield Is All About 9/11". io9. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
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